The Art of Smuggling – Improvement over the last book in the series.

The Art of Smuggling (Judge Jury & Executioner, #7).
By Craig Martelle.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars.

Why would anyone steal art? Who can you sell it to?

The High Chancellor puts Rivka on the trail of serial art thieves. Dismantle the ring. Recover the art. Put the thieves behind bars, thieves who stay one step ahead.

Insiders? Or maybe outsiders with inside knowledge? No suspects. No clues. Rivka has to use all the resources at her command – her gift, her people, her ship, and tools that no one else has access to. Rivka has to chase the criminals across the galaxy to exotic planets with their own challenges when it comes to solving the crime. The big question is can Rivka find the criminals before they disappear forever? It’s not rocket science. It’s a whole new challenge; it’s the art of smuggling.

Magistrate Rivka Anoa is the legal eagle you want on your side. No better friend. No worse enemy.

This was a decent read. It was certainly much better than the previous book in this series.

As usual Rivka got a new case to solve which leads to the usual investigations, revelations outbursts of violence and ass-kicking. All accompanied with a healthy dose of bantering between her and her ragtag team of investigators and enforcers.

One thing I like with these books is that, so far, every book has been a new case with a beginning, middle and a end. Yes there is an overall story arc (of course) and some threads running through the series but there are, usually, no huge cliffhangers and loose ends at the end of the books. The case at hand gets a conclusion.

I, obviously, also like Rivka and her band of misfits. They constitute the core of these books and their banter, their individual characters and how, especially Rivka, show bureaucrats and such like useless individuals that think they can stand in their way, the errors of their ways is what makes these books worth reading.

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